Free Basic Art Classes

The Irving Art Association
offers free basic art classes for adults to get you started in art or in a new medium.

The Free Basics Classes follow a progressive sequence where you will learn basic skills via instructor demo/lecture — exercise —-practice. The series is designed for beginners to a particular art medium as well as mid career artists reviewing technique and not creating finished works. Expect traditional as well as new and nontraditional materials and approaches.

Registration is open for the 2017 classes, REGISTER (waiting list only for last class)

Location: Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, Irving. Held on Thursday evenings from 7 – 9 pm. Doors open 6:30 pm.

Supplies: Supplies TBA. Basic supplies are provided. Please bring whatever extra supplies you wish to try out. (paint, brushes, paper, etc.). Wear old clothes or bring an apron.



2017 Schedule:


Thursday evenings 7-9 pm at the Jaycee Park Center for the Arts

  • CLOSED January 5, 12 & 26 Acrylic Printmaking with a Gelli Plate Instructor Sharon Giles
  • CLOSED February 2, 9 & 16 Fiber Arts instructor Laura Griffin
  • CLOSED March 2, 9 & 16  Pen & Ink & Calligraphy Instructor Angie Vangalis
  • Waiting List Only April 13, 20  & 27 Painting – Oil/Acrylic Instructor Jane Kahler (note date change)
  • May  TBA

Followup Intermediate Classes to the Free Basic Classes:

Sign up for these fee–based classes and utilize the skills learned in the basics. To register and for more information concerning cost and supplies, contact the instructor offering them.

Thursday evenings 7-9pm

March 2, 9 & 16 Intermediate Fiber Arts instructor Laura Griffin –  contact her at 

April 6, 13 & 27 Intermediate Pen & Ink & Calligraphy Instructor Angie Vangalis – contact her at

Pen & Ink & Lettering
THURSDAYS, APR 6, 13 & 27, 2017

7:00pm – 9:00pm
$85 for 3 sessions
Jaycee Park Center for the Arts

1975 Puritan Drive
Irving, TX  75061
Learn how to letter with metal nibs, gouache, and a myriad of tools along with design elements and principles to design your next calligraphic piece.

$15 Supply fee due to instructor for project materials  – Parallel Pen, Pen holder, metal nibs, palette, gouache, assorted papers, hand outs and teacher supplied materials for class use. REGISTER HERE

May 4, 11, 18 Intermediate Painting – Oil/Acrylic Instructor Jane Kahler – contact her at

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6 thoughts on “Free Basic Art Classes”

  1. Hello! I am very interested to join the art classes – to see whether I have any bit of talent in me. Have always been inspired by the grandmasters and how art has changed over the centuries. But I have never received any professional training. Would love to be part of this group to see if I have it in me!

    1. Hi Madhurima,
      We’ll be posting our free Basic Classes for Fall in late July. To receive an announcement, please join our mailing list IAA Updates.
      Sharon Giles, webmaster

  2. Hi!
    I just subscribed by email, and hope to take the upcoming Drawing and Sketching Basic Art Classes for the Fall, but need a little help finding the online registration form.
    Could you let me know how to find the online registration form for the Fall Free Basic Art Classes which meet on Thursdays from 7 – 9 pm?

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